By Nsikak Evans
OrderPaperToday– The senate has given a two-weeks ultimatum to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to resolve the lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria.
The minister is enjoined to rally the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and other parastatals under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to end the end the sufferings of Nigerians on the fuel issue.
The Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) chaired by Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra) handed down the deadline on Thursday in Abuja when it met with heads of Parastatals and Agencies under the petroleum ministry.
Senator Ekwunife during the meeting sought to find out the reasons behind the scarcity of fuel which has resulted to untold hardship amongst Nigerians.
Permanent secretary of the ministry, Jemila Shuara who led the delegation said fuel scarcity is as a result of other marketers not fulfilling their obligation in ensuring prompt supply to filling stations.
The Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, Ahmed Farouk, underscored the need to remit outstanding payment of N413 billion to marketers.
Mr. Farouk noted that government was yet to pay outstanding amount of N120 billion for 2014 and N294 billion to marketers for 2015.
Earlier during the hearing, the committee had given the NNPC 24 hours for it to produce all documents relating to payment of subsidy claims.